Career Transitions Forum

The Career Transitions Forum (CTF) is a unique series of lectures, presentations, and networking activities designed to support professionals who are transitioning in their careers.

Professionals from recruitment firms, corporations, and the local community will present a broad array of job search strategies and tips, with a different topic presented each week. New participants can join any week.  

Free Career Advising

Career Advising is available from our prestigious team of business executives for those who have attended at least one CTF session and preferably who have completed an HRD resume class. 

To schedule an appointment, submit the CTF Career Advising Request form, which is available at CTF ZOOM meetings on Thursdays from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM. (Please NOTE that advising appointments will be meeting virtually using Zoom, Teams or any platform that the advisor chooses.)

Here are details on our current panel of advisors:

Claire Boland
Claire Boland
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Rachel Cox
Rachel Cox
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Olivia Ecker
Olivia Ecker
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Joy Hodge
Joy Hodge
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Peter Large
Peter Large
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Deborah "Deb" Oronzio
Deborah "Deb" Oronzio
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Prashant Pandya
Prashant Pandya
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Al Rankin
Al Rankin
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Schedule of Events  

As a precaution to addressing the Coronavirus,  Wake Tech's Workforce Continuing Education has temporarily suspended most face-to-face classes.  CTF will be meeting virtually using ZOOM.

RESERVE YOUR SEAT to begin the registration process for the next event.  You will be given a Wake Tech ID and a Wake Tech email. The registration process will be complete once we receive your HRD fee waiver form from your Wake Tech email.

If you have questions concerning registration, please contact Maureen Sanchez at [email protected].  You may contact Delia Burnett at [email protected] if you have questions concerning  CTF or Human Resources Development (HRD). 

Please visit hrd.waketech.edu to view other fee-waived classes available if you are furloughed, unemployed, underemployed or facing a pending lay-off.  We are now offering ONLINE classes!  Welcome!

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Oct 1 │ Carrie Christiano │ RADICAL Transition – A Job Search Strategy

Today's job market is more challenging than ever, which means job seekers really need to differentiate themselves to gain access to great opportunities. Carrie will share the RADICAL strategy.  RADICAL is packed with information about how to get resumes noticed, gain access to decision-makers, ace interviews, and maximize income potential.

Carrie brings insights gained from a background in HR Talent Acquisition and agency recruiting, where she worked extensively with Fortune 500 companies throughout RTP, including IBM, Red Hat, Cisco, and LexisNexis. This background allows Carrie to offer a unique perspective on the recruiting and hiring process, having worked behind the scenes closely with HR authorities and hiring managers to fill hundreds of roles in finance, technology, and clinical research.  

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications from Tulane University, Carrie possesses a wealth of knowledge on methods used by hiring teams to determine skill set match and cultural fit.  She owns her own consulting business and teaches classes at Wake Tech Community College and with Dress for Success, a non-profit helping women achieve economic independence. 

Oct 8 │ No CTF Meeting │ We Will See You Next Week! 

Oct 15 │ Teresa Molter │ How to Align Your Natural Talents to Your Job Search

Learn how DISC can give you the edge in your next job interview. After this session you will   

  • Gain increased self-awareness  
  • Improve communication during job interviews and in the workplace  
  • Learn effective ways of dealing with difficult people  
  • Give and receive feedback in a way your colleagues can understand and accept.    

With over 20 years in education and as a successful business owner, Teresa Molter brings much experience and insight to helping people identify gaps that hinder their growth. She is a speaker, coach and trainer for individuals and corporate markets.   Teresa works with individuals who want to improve mindset and communication skills to ultimately achieve better results personally and professionally.    

Oct 22 │ Jerel Bonner │ Embrace an Accountability Mindset 

There can be no success without sacrifice, if you want to accomplish great things, be willing to sacrifice much." is from John Maxwell back in 2002. It's now the Fall of 2020 and many of us are rethinking our futures as we sacrifice many things never thought of.  100 years since the Great Depression and employment practices are shifting once again.  If you want security in today's world, you MUST be accountable to yourself, and know what you are going to sacrifice. We've all been making sacrifices; the question is who is getting the highest rewards, and who is being left behind.    

In this talk, Jerel Bonner, Managing Partner of Corralling Chaos, and TEDx speaker will share with you his ideas on how to be accountable to what is really important to you. He'll share his life's experiences and sacrifices he's chosen to make that has led him to be satisfied with his life's journey. Learn how to choose to balance your family, financial, and career commitments to be happy with your decisions.

Oct 29 │ Deb Oronzio │ Pitch Your PARs & Get Ready to Negotiate (Interactive session) 

In today’s job search world, the fundamental question Y.O.U. will answer is “What’s in it for me … to look at your resume, interview you, hire you?” We invest a lot of time perfecting our resume and perhaps not as much time preparing for interviews. In this session, please prepare and bring 3 of your success stories (PARs) to the session. In moderated small groups, each will have an opportunity to share at least 1 PAR with colleagues. Please be prepared to receive and give constructive feedback that will help to perfect our PARs. With perfect PARs, it is time to develop our negotiating strategies. In preparation for our Negotiation workshop on 11/5/2020, we will brainstorm ideas for things to negotiate and prepare our questions for the speaker, Vickie Bevenour. 

Deb is the founder of Self-Empower Coaching whose mission is to help professionals achieve not only success, but also experience satisfaction and significance in their careers.     

Location: 

(currently meeting in Zoom)
Trinity Baptist Church - Chapel
4815 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC
Directions to Church
Church Campus Map

Day & Time:
Thursdays
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Arrive early and stay after for valuable informal networking!

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This is a moderated group. Professionals must attend one or more CTF sessions to join.

Enhance Your Resume, Market yourself, Explore A New Career

HRD (Human Resources Development) courses provide assistance for adults who are trying to find employment, transitioning back into the workforce, or working to redefine their professional niche in today's global market. HRD offers many relevant classes that will help equip you for success in your job search. 


What our students are saying...

I have accepted an offer from Cisco as a Marketing Manager in their Enterprise Networking group. You can say that “networking” will be my job and not only a means for career advancement!
 
I am really thankful to you and other leaders and participants of Career Transition Forum group for their tremendous support, encouragement, willingness to help, opening rolodex’s, and insights into the modern hiring process. I truly learned from the wonderful speakers you invited, and from others’ experiences.
 
I am happy to extend help to anyone in the group to the extent I can.
 
- Vivek B., CTF Alumni

Today, I landed a permanent position at IAT Insurance as a Technical Project Manager/Process & Change Manager.  I am really excited!  It's truly a dream job for me where I will use all of my certifications. I could not have done it without your support and advice! Especially these 2 simple steps that REALLY made me a stand-out candidate:

  1. Networked with employed people in my field (which led to a friendship with an IAT IT staff member --> which led to my sincere interest in IAT --> which led to a referral!)
  2. Shared stories about specific technical projects I managed that are directly related to projects that IAT is planning to undertake now. 

- Elizabeth R., CTF Alumni


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